Tuesday Ugliness

With the Sox on an off day yesterday, it was a chance for some to look at what might be in store for the team as there are 100 games left in the regular season and the trade deadline is in sight, a mere six weeks or so away. Nick Cafardo has a look at what the Sox trade philosophy will be in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, Theo Epstein himself wrote a piece for the Rocky Mountain News about what it is like competing against the Yankees. Tony Massarotti says that the Sox are getting better, and in fact the best is yet to come for this team. He says that over the final 100 games, the Sox should need to go 60-40 to make the playoffs. Joe Sullivan is glad the Sox season is a marathon and not a sprint. Jim Donaldson has a look at Brian Daubach, who has been handling himself the right way this season, as he’s been shuttled back and forth between Boston and Pawtucket. Art Martone & Sean McAdam team up to look at the experience of playing at Coors Field, with hitters licking their chops, and pitchers hoping to survive. Jeff Horrigan rates the major league ballparks. Cafardo’s notebook has Ellis Burks advising teammates on playing at Coors. Massarotti’s notebook also looks at the Sox going into Colorado. McAdam’s notebook has Byung Hyun-Kim returning from Korea and meeting with Sox officials.

More fallout from the Curt Schilling/SoSH/Tony Massarotti/Internet/Traditional Media flap. It’s being alleged in a very snide way on www.bostondirtdogs.com that Glenn Ordway DID in fact give proper credit to this site yesterday when reading a paragraph off this site. That allegation is being made by Steve Silva who is in bed on an website project with Ordway. Big surprise there. What Ordway did was say it was from the “Boston Sports Media website”. Silva even says that from tape, that is exactly what was said. Yay. Look, I never started this site for attention, or glory or anything like that. But I put a lot of work into this. If someone is going to use something from here as the basis to start off a four hour radio program, then use the full (correct) name…give the address, say who wrote it….why not just say bostonsportsmedia.com? Instead of referring to me as “that guy”, is it too much say my name? I’d be happy with that. Yeah, maybe I’m splitting hairs here as far as what defines “full credit”, but this is my property, and I have the right to express my wishes as to how the site is credited. The individual on the other website has something personal against me, and took a tiny little piece of what I wrote yesterday and uses it as the focal point of his lead for the day in an effort to make me look bad. Very sad. Very petty. This is a person who has had problems with a number of people in the online community, whereas I’d say my reputation is pretty good. Well, except maybe in the offices of the Globe…oh wait, there we go again…who just bought that other website? End of discussion.

Or maybe not. Howard Bryant (subscription only) says that Curt Schilling is in the wrong with all of this. He was wrong to be posting to a select group of people on SoSH and expecting any privacy, and was wrong about his complaints about the media this weekend in the article by Karen Guregian. Bryant acknowledges that the media here is different from anywhere else, but I’m not sure I agree with his premise.

Schilling is right about one thing: In Boston, more than anywhere else, the public, as they say, has identified the enemy and he is us. I don't know the exact reason why media in Boston is so much more a part of the story than in other cities, but I suspect it has in part to do with the aggressive nature and self-importance of the fans here, who distrust the people who cover the team. That, and the high visibility of the reporters themselves - who have through spouting personal opinions on television and radio (when we're supposed to be objective) have injected their personalities into the daily drama instead of merely reporting on it - has made for an explosive mix.

Wait a minute, did Howard just throw the fans under the bus for the behavior of the media here? Another perspective comes from Jon Couture, who says

When a writer whines that someone won't talk to him or is giving the dirt to a rival, all the flowery prose in the world can't hide the foundation. Not only does it show the author's own faults and insufficiencies, it makes things that much harder for everyone. Really, if you were Curt Schilling, would you go out of your way to talk to someone who's been picking at you for months?

Better watch your back, Jon. Is Tony headed to Colorado this week?

Michael Parente looks at Patriots mini-camp, examining some unfinished story lines that remain to be resolved. Michael Felger takes a look at the Patriots as they take their final break before starting the season with training camp next month. Rich Thompson takes a look at offensive lineman Bob Hallen.

Steve Bulpett has an article on Ben Wallace, who could’ve been a Celtic no less than three times. Peter May and Bulpett look at how the Pistons can wrap up the NBA finals this evening. As much as I want to, I can’t just dismiss the Lakers. I did that in their series against the Spurs.

Ron Borges has a feature article on Kassim Ouma, who was forced into a rebel Ugandan army at age 6, and escaped via boxing.

Bill Griffith has a look at a couple of literary efforts by Red Sox announcers.

NESN has Red Sox/Rockies at 9:00. ABC has Pistons/Lakers game 5 at 8:30. CN8 Sports Pulse will have interviews with Jonathan Kraft and Frank McCourt, and guests from the Lowell Spinners at 10:00.